The most eye-catching shop of all is Selfridges, where an imposingly grand exterior leads on to seven floors of cool cosmetics, funky fashion and homewares, plus 19 different places to eat and a positively sumptuous food hall. In the area between Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, you will find all the top chain stores, international as well as British.
There are young inexpensive fashion shops too – from Continental favourites such as Mango and Zara to popular UK stores such as New Look, whose cool new flagship store is teen-heaven. And of course there’s Marks & Spencer. The two Oxford Street branches sell the company’s most innovative designs, while nearby Debenhams is renowned for its range of big-name affordable fashion.
The area is not just about shopping. Well, it is mostly about shopping but there are good places to eat nearby (try St Christopher’s Place, a charming enclave with terraced cafes and quirky boutiques) while nearby Hyde Park provides a quiet haven. If you are after culture, the private Wallace Collection of art and the Wigmore concert hall are only a short walk away.